Patriotic Hot Dogs
On Memorial Day weekend, the Care Committee will host a patriotic themed Hot Dog and Ice Cream luncheon. The special meal will be served immediately following services on Sunday, May 29th. Be sure to invite your family and friends to this harbinger of summer.

Remember Noisy Offering Sunday
May 29th is also the fifth Sunday in May—one of the four Sundays of the year dedicated to the Florida UMC Children’s Home in Enterprise, Florida. That’s “Noisy Offering” Sunday when the children of our church will be passing out buckets to collect change for the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. Please bring your spare change and make a joyful noise with it. Of course, we also welcome more silent donations—bills and checks—as well. Support of Children’s Home and the work it does in Florida and in recruiting foster families in Hillsborough County.

Church Work Day, June 4th
The Trustees have scheduled a church workday at the parsonage on Saturday, June 4th. The purpose of the day is paint and spruce up the parsonage so that it can be used as a future rental property. Since Pastor Merritt will continue as our pastor for another year and since he lives with his daughter and grandson, it is time to get the parsonage (which has stood empty for a year) ready for a future tenant. We hope that the rental of the home will generate a revenue stream to help us pay for additional needed improvements throughout our campus. In addition to our elbow grease, the trustees have already contracted a firm to clean all the parsonage carpets.

So come and bring your paint clothes, cleaning supplies, brooms and mops, and let’s get cracking. We’ll see every able bodied person on Saturday, June 4th from 9 AM until Noon or so.

UMW Summer Lunches
The United Methodist Women of RUMC are planning a number of after-church luncheons to be held during the summer. Everyone in the church is welcome to attend and enjoy some significant post-worship fellowship. The date and places for these lunches are:
  • •June 5 at Sonny’s BarBQ on Adamo in Brandon
  • •July 17 at Ruby Tuesday on Gibsonton Drive in Riverview
  • •August 7 at Cabo’s Cantina Grill, 5942 Providence Road in Riverview

Remember: everyone is invited!

Get Ready for Vacation Bible School
Rolinda Smoak and her fine group of volunteers are planning this summer’s Vacation Bible School. VBS will be held from July 11th through July 15th, and the theme this year is “Surf Shack”. Now is the time to let Rolinda know if you want to help out with this important ministry to the community.

Interested in Baptism or Membership?
Pastor Merritt is planning to welcome new members into our congregation at an upcoming service. If you are interested in baptism or becoming a member of our church family, contact Pastor Merritt or the church office right away.

Review the Draft Directory
The 2016 Church Directory will be published very soon. We have collected enough money in advertisements, memorials and contributions to finance its publication and a draft of the Directory is available for review at the church office.  We are asking everyone to review the draft directory over the next few weeks.  We are hopeful the 2016 Directory will be published and distributed by the end of June.

RUMC Shirts
We are once again going to offer everyone an opportunity to RUMC Polo Shirts in the next month. This is something that we have not made available since 2010. We are in the process of designing logos and colors for these shirts, which will be available in all sizes and suitable for men, women and children.

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The Bible Passage of the Week
The Rejected Stone Has Become the Cornerstone

“You and all the people of Israel need to know that this man stands healthy before you because of the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.  This Jesus is the stone you builders rejected; he has become the cornerstone!  Salvation can be found in no one else. Throughout the whole world, no other name has been given among humans through which we must be saved.”

From Peter’s Testimony at the Temple
Acts 4:10b-12 (CEB)

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Calendar of Events

Sunday, May 29
Children’s Home “Noisy Offering” Sunday.  Sanctuary, 10:00 AM.
Patriot’s Hot Dog and Ice Cream Luncheon. Crichton Fellowship Hall, 11:15 AM.

Saturday, June 4
Church Work Day. Parsonage, 9:00 AM - Noon

Sunday, June 5
UMW After-Service Luncheon. Sonny’s BBQ on Adamo Road in Brandon, 11:30 AM.

Tuesday, June 14
Finance Committee Meeting.  Library, 7:00 PM


Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15
Vacation Bible School. “Surf Shack”, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Buildings and Grounds.